Ashgabat Monuments

The city of Ashgabat – capital of Turkmenistan – is dominated by monuments to one man’s megalomania – former President-for-Life Saparmurat Niyazov. Take, for example, the 75m tall Arch of Neutrality, which he subtly topped with a 12m gold-plated statue…

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Thursday, 27th August 2009

Annual Leave

After another year of nearly non-stop sightseeing, it’s time for the Google Sightseeing team to take a few well deserved days off to do some real-life travelling. Things will be quiet around here for the next couple of weeks, but…

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Monday, 24th August 2009

Nail Houses

If you happen to live in one of the countries1 in which Pixar has chosen to release their latest movie before now, then you might already have seen their latest 3D rendered movie, Up; in which the protagonist’s home is…

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Friday, 21st August 2009

The Long-Awaited Street View Update of August 09

Yesterday Google finally announced the launch of some fantastic new Street View imagery, covering Portugal, Switzerland and Taiwan. This means we can now use Street View to see some great previously featured sights, such as the current title holder of…

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Wednesday, 19th August 2009

Chinese military weirdness

There aren’t many sights that puzzle us here at Google Sightseeing, but this one has us stumped. In a remote desert area of Gansu province in northern China is this mysterious maze-like pattern. The “streets” are about 20 metres wide,…

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Tuesday, 18th August 2009

World’s Tallest Vertical-Axis Wind Turbine

Here in Canada, there’s a large scale windfarm known as Le Nordais, which as well as having 133 conventional wind turbines, also features one particular design of wind turbine with which you may be unfamiliar. Le Nordais is split between…

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Friday, 14th August 2009
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